Sunday, April 3, 2011

CA 70.3 Race Report

Last year CA 70.3 was my first pro race. This year I felt a lot less nervous and a lot more excited.

The swim felt good. I led the second pack of girls, just like last year. My Zoot Prophet wetsuit was warm and I glided through even the choppy water by the turn around. Other than running into a large triangle buoy head-first (I apparently have a problem with this...) I thought I was having a great swim.

Until I got out and my watch said 31:11. Ahhhhhhhhh what was that?! Oops! Guess there is still much work to be done.

These are my friends Jeff & Becky. Becky's due date is today. And seeing her out on the course cheering was awesome, along with all my other local friends.

Out onto the bike right in front of my friend Lauren. I have put a lot of work into my bike this off season and my goal at this race was to lay down a solid bike split. Out of T1 the other goal became to hold off super-cyclist Lauren as long as possible. The back side of the course was quite windy. Other than struggling a bit to hold my watts up into the wind, the bike went by quick and I felt like my legs might not be there to run when I got off (which is what everyone kept telling me they should feel like). Lauren and I came back into T2 together. My 2:41 bike split was faster than last year and I felt that for the first time it wasn't light years away from the other pro girls.

Running at a home course race is so fun. I felt like every block I had a friend cheering me on. My goal for the run this year was to run a 1:25. In the past I have raced with my Garmin but after a mile or two I quit looking at it. (I have it set to avg. pace). This year I was determined to use it, and if the pace started to fall, pull it back down. It worked - I was on pace until about mile 10. Then it slipped a bit, and try as I might, even the Coke at the aid stations wasn't helping me hold it.

I ran a 1:27, which held my 13th place finish at 4:43. I'm very happy with the kick-off to 2011. It was a great day for racing in my back yard. Congrats to all the other girls out there that raced and made me work yesterday.

A big THANK YOU to my sponsors:
Zoot Sports for outfitting me with the best shoes around, along with every tri-related clothing item a girl could ever wish for. Profile Design for my aero bars and some suhweeeeeet wheels! Quintana Roo for a bike that I absolutely love. TriSports.com for carrying everything triathlon related and having such a great cheerful staff to help me when I call. ZipVit for fueling me along the way. SableWater Optics for allowing me to see while I swim. Extreme Endurance for keeping lactic acid at bay. Rudy Project for my rockin glasses and helmets. SCAPE labs for protecting my skin. MicroscopeWorld for many days when I leave work mid-day to ride out in the sunshine.

30 comments:

Molly said...

Faster bike than last year is awesome!!! Great job giving it your all out there :-)

Megan said...

Hope to see you at Wildflower!

ONEHOURIRONMAN said...

Great job for such a tough field.

Snakebite said...

Great job! I hope to find a close -ish race to come watch / cheer for you.

Bre said...

Congrats on a great kick-off to the 2011 season on a hard course with a tough field! Nice work on the bike- gotta feel awesome to go faster than last year!

m said...

Great start to the season!

Kiki said...

you looked great out there! it is going to take some getting used to not seeing you in the orange kit though, I almost missed you yesterday in the new outfit!

Steve Stenzel said...

Great work yesterday!! Nice job in that DEEP field!!

Teresa said...

So awesome Charisa!! Way to go!

Jill Costantino said...

Great job out there lady! Woohoo:)

Running and living said...

I tracked you and was a bit nervous about the swim, but you came back an rode/ran your way up in that SUPER competitive field. Awesome job, done like a pro!

Bob Almighty said...

Awesome race report you are going to have a great season.

Libby said...

great job!! solid race all the way around. that 27 swim is in there, courses vary so much in condition. at least hitting the buoy is a sign that you are getting too far off course!!
love the new kit with matching helmet! looks great!

Beth said...

Awesome race Charisa! So great to see you start the year off with a bang with much more good to come I'm sure! Love the new racing uniform!

And interesting about the Garmin on the run. I just got one at the start of this year and I love doing my training runs with it but wasn't sure if I should race with it? Sounds like it may be helpful!

Damie said...

I hear you on the swim! So tough...but keep it up and positive...it is the only way to keep moving forward with swimming (at least I keep telling myself that!). Glad to see you killed it on the bike!! Yess!!!

solarpowered said...

Congrats on a fantastic start to your season!!! And that new Zoot gear looks awesome!

Caratunk Girl said...

Charisa!! Congrats on such a great season opener!! 13th place is so awesome!! I am stoked for you. Sounds like your hard work on the bike payed off!

The swim is the hardest for me - at least the hardest to do quickly!

Kathleen @ ForgingAhead said...

Awesome! Congrats on a super strong season debut - sounds like a fun raise and wonderful cheering squad!

Kim said...

What a great day and great recap Charisa! Way to go and I think it's going to be a big year! So excited for you!!

Kim said...

way to throw down charisa! congrats on a well executed race!

elizabeth said...

You looked AWESOME out there!! CONGRATS :)

Christi said...

Congrats on a great race!

Nergock said...

Well done. Wished I was out there cheering you on.

Eli Carlson said...

Great report and love the race kit! You look awesome!

nicolas_martens said...

Awesome result! Great way to start the season ...

Matt said...

congrats on a killa race! Stoked to see you rock this season! Was great seeing you out on the run destroying it

Nicole @ Geek Turned Athlete said...

Yay!! I have a good feeling about this season for you. ;)

hj said...

CHarisa!!!! Awesome job on saturday! thanks for all your continued support. Let's get coffee this week! hopefully you're recovering well....i'm still feeling it:) awesome job again and talk soon, hj

Ordinarylife said...

Well done, thats awesome!

Luke said...

You were flying on the bike- I want to be like you when I grow up!!